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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden on 1991-09-22

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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden on 1991-09-22

Topics Live concert

Shakedown Street, CC Rider-> It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry, Me & My Uncle-> Maggie's Farm, Brown Eyed Women, Let It Grow Samson & Delilah-> Iko Iko-> Looks Like Rain-> He's Gone-> Nobody's Fault But Mine-> Spoonful-> Drums-> Jam-> The Last Time-> Stella Blue-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Boston Garden
Location Boston, MA





Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 23, 2015
Subject: --
This one sneaks up on you. I still don't understand what Dick had in mind releasing the entirety of 9/25/91, a shaky show at best. when little masterpieces like this show are rather left out there. This is awesome stuff.

Set 1 - listen to Jer's vocals throughout the entire show, but particularly on Brown-Eyed Women. They really did a lot of great versions of this old tune in the Bruce era. Let it Grow has a LOT going on, as usual, Jer on the midi...

Set 2 - LLR has Jer noodling beautifully behind Bobby, but its the He's Gone vocal jam that really makes this thing go...Spoonful follows almost inevitably, the Dead's psychedelic take on this old sexy blues song (what lyrics!) - without ANY jams at all they leave it up to Mickey and Billy to tear things down, so odd to leave it that way but hey....different is good once in a while. The band comes full circle with Stella - this is absolutely tremendous stuff, and Jerry manages to get a lovely solo going on the end of the tune before Bobby takes over.

A bit of a sleeper, this one, although the numerous positive reviews for this one shows that it is indeed one of the more popular of the Boston Garden run. Just not packed with extended jams or anything - they simply evoke that big-band Bruce sound they had going and keep things sort of low-level and unpredictable. Reminds me of an '85 show.
Reviewer: T4Texas - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 10, 2013
Subject: Bruce is the Sh*t...
I am still saddened by the premature passing of Brent Mydland. That said, Bruce Hornsby came in and kicked ass and made the boys around him better players...nuff said!
Reviewer: Mr.Terrapin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2009
Subject: Sugar mag right
Thanks Bruce. Admittedly, I am a bigger fan of earlier dead, but there are no two ways about it, this show freakin rips. Man, Sugar just had me rolling. It is magical, the joy that the boys brought out... I am so tired. WOW! My soul is smiling. Enjoy folks, this one is fun. But the whole show is way up there, Magnolia just was the straw that broke the camel's back for me. The energy he is fantastic. Let it grow? Yeah, grow on. Brown Eyed rolls. what a foot stomper. The keys on Takes a train... ah. beautiful man. Great round robin in maggie's farm. bruce's voice is such a treat. Sorry for ramblin, but this show really rips, and I grin for ear to ear each time I listen. This is what life is. Be kind.
Reviewer: elsha - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2008
Subject: Trippy show......
I caught most of the MSG-BG shows on this tour and this was one of the best shows I saw. The copy here holds up from what I remember. Phil is up in the mix early but seems to decrease. Shakedown is a feast of the whole band along with Bruce who I loved and wished had stayed on. Bobby especially comes through on S.S. with some great work setting up Jerry. This Shakedown was one of my favorites live and was well paced and long but not meandering. Bruce's piano work was very trippy this night which comes through here. I dare say this show has some of Bruce's best work for the Dead. C.C.>TALTL is a solid, rare pairing and kept the momentum going and,I think, was better than the one with Branford 12 days ago at MSG. The B.E.W. smokes and was likely the best I heard live, except possibly the one from Copps in "92". Jerry drew back to the past or something and was really into it. Bobby throws in some nice licks towards the end. Let it Grow is intense here and stretched out nicely. It seems to me that the band took an already very good show and went up a notch with the L.I.G which carried over to the Sampson. The interplay between Phil, Bob, and Jerry in the first part of L.I.G is killer. The song picks up the pace as it moves along and is one of my favorite versions of this song, especially from the last third to the end. Everyone is playing tight but experimental and everyone is finding a nitch. It starts to get symphonic right before Bob brings it around. All time classic set ender imo. First set highlights ( as hard as it was on this night to single out one or two tunes) was Shakedown and Let It Grow which I remember being down right chilling.

I agree that the second set opener almost rocked the Garden to the ground. It was really intense and, of course, does not come through here. You just had to be one of the 14,000. I like the contrast between a very hot Iko and a stunning Looks like Rain. Jerry's energy holds up for the He's Gone nicely. He sounds powerful, clear, and confident. Bruce's work here continues to be more trippy than Bruce usually came off. Maybe somebody put a little something in Bruce's diet coke but not enough to clue him in. He probably thought there was "a TON of energy TONIGHT HUH gguys"!?!?
The first Nobody's Fault since 9/3/85 gave me chills and melded quickly into Spoonful which I love. This was blues at its best. Check out Bruce on this Spoonful. Drums had a nice steady pace to it but gave everyone a respite. We needed it! The Last Time comes out and picks up pace into a blazing version as it was clear the band was not going to get tired. This version is tight. Stella Blue broke the energy level which I recall going from Let It Grow>Spoonful and then Last Time. Stella starts out slow but it too gains momentum. Its not one of the best ever or the best I heard but it holds up and Bruce continues his monster night on it. Phil is a little low in the mix here but I can't recall if its the show or this copy. Sugar Mags blazes no doubt and the Garden was rockin hard. Heavens door was the perfect encore since I recall that hardly anyone was still on earth at this point.

A very good, very trippy show and likely top five I ever saw out of 100. The Dicks Pick of the 9/25/91 show was a solid show but I think they should have used this night instead. This show was far more than solid. This night and the 26th were the two best shows of this run and the Boston shows were overall better than the New York City shows imo....
Reviewer: vadernader - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2008
Subject: Nicety Nineties
Bruce Hornsby is the man. He brought so much to the band. The band was hot this show. Dylan's 'takes a train to laugh' is just so perfect coming out of CC rider. This is rocking Dylan blues at it's finest. This whole show is spectacular, but that bit really just made me giddy and start singing along. I think I replayed the last minute of CC rider and Takes a train at least 5 times.

thanks for lettin my ears lend themselves ;)
Reviewer: GangBangersBall - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2007
Subject: Solid sound and perfromance
Every once in a while these sweet sounding performances come along that sends a spark through your mind and a chill down your spine. As a Dead Head who saw his first show in Boston Garden in 1981 or 82 its performances like this on that keeps me remembering what a true Deadhead I still am. I enjoyed this show very much.
Reviewer: barongsong - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2007
Subject: mind left body
I have no other way to describe this show except mind left body. If there was ever a direct transfer for a trip memory to actual recording this is it.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2007
Subject: Beautiful. All of it, Beautiful
Performance 5. Recording 5.
Reviewer: dprocks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2007
Subject: 10 stars
Wow, this is one of those shows that gets better every time you listen to it.

Lots of highlights here.

The aforementioned Samson->IKO was super high energy, crank it up.

Let It Grow is excellent but the highlight here is the He's Gone->Nobody's Fault-> Spoonful. Just awesome.

This is some of Hornsby's best work with the band.
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 28, 2006
Subject: Blooze & Dylan
Jerr is off on a bob dylan lime ricky -- and man, it tastes yum yum

Sept 91 --- worthy

5 Five V Cinco Funf yaya yaya
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 23, 2006
Subject: Will NEVER FORGET 15 Years Ago Tonight.
I have a ticket, as well, that was for a seat that was wiped away. This is probably my favorite show...EVER. Ok I was only a few years into it, but DAMN. I remember that things were sounding better than ever. These six shows were pretty monumental for me. Everyone always talks about the Help>Slip>Fire from a couple nights earlier...but this show. DOORS OFF

Bobby was doing a book signing with his sister in teh city. Panther's Dream. My friend told Bobby that she loved it when he when "HA!" at the end of Sugar Magnolia. So she had bragging rights to that. But I really got a kick of his "HA"s at the end of it.

Samson>IKO was probably the launcher for me. And listening to the Never on a Sunday Jam just snaps into Samson. BRUCE MAN...its all you can do from going crazy over it. Jerry and his Bull Frog in Aiko starts timid...but he was not going to let us down and just unleashed.

Will NEVER FORGET 15 Years Ago Tonight.
I miss it so much.
Reviewer: jhender501 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 23, 2006
Subject: Tear this old Building Down
(my earlier review below)

I thought for sure Samson-Iko was going to tear the old building down that night. Whoo boy.


thought for sure they would tear the building down this night. A fun time..I loved the CC Rider-->Takes a lot to laugh as well as Me and My Uncle--Maggie's Farm. But at the start of the second set is when I thought for sure the place would go to pieces and a friend says to me after Iko "They've GOT to cool this place down" which brought us to "Looks like Rain"

What struck me with this show was the after show scene. Sunday night and they must have wanted to clear us out of town quick as the Cops were out in force and in the condition my brain was in that was not what I needed at the time..just wanted to rest my brain and these guys are rushing us away from the building..oh well..that's another long story :-)

Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2006
Subject: wow and double wow
GDTS gave me seats that didn't exist for this show.

Most people say it was the wrecking ball that tore Boston garden down- I say it was this Sugar mags! Unbelievable. The he's Gone>nobody's> spoonful hints of the great Imporvised jamming from the MSG fall 90 run.

Revise: 15 years to the day. I have to listen to this again. It was great when i was there but deserves yet another listen. Great stuff
Reviewer: cringle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2006
Subject: BEST sound quality I've seen here.
I attended this show.

Sound - 5 stars
The sound quality of this recording is outstanding. Play the flac of Shakedown through a system w/good bass and it will blow your mind.

This performance and recording sound quality is better than the 9/25/91 Boston show they made a Dick's Pick out of.

The song selection here may not be the most novel - but I think the singin' and playin' on this night was among the strongest of the '91 Boston shows.

So - performance = 4 stars - having Hornsby helps.

Song Selection - 3 = Shakedown is awesome, but the overall set lists are average at best IMO.
Reviewer: johnnycomelately - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2006
Subject: Fantastic
What a great shakedown
Reviewer: dogstar77 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2006
Subject: top notch
even space is stellar on this one.
Reviewer: rj_verrilli - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2006
Subject: Downloadable Version
This is a great show. Does anyone know where I can get a dowbloadable version of this show.

Reviewer: rj_verrilli - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2006
Subject: Downloadable Version
This is a great show. Does anyone know where I can get a dowbloadable version of this show.

Reviewer: Muddy69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2005
Subject: Lobster 12
Dude GDTS gave me tickets for all 6 nights that didn't exist. Best time I ever had.
Reviewer: sugarcube - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 15, 2005
Subject: SWEET!
This was the last GREAT run the Dead did. There were moments after...but these shows were HOT! This show should have been the dick's picks.
Reviewer: DEADBUCK - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2005
Subject: the gahden
everybody knows you cant beat the gahden. lol...definitely another ass rompin stompin, mind blowing show...load it down..load it down now!
Reviewer: Thymer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2005
Subject: Not the last great run the Dead.
I'd like to say Sugercube doesn't know what's up (the previous review). This is not the last great run the Dead did. Have you ever checked out the Halloween run 1991 at the Oakland Coliseum.

Santanna on Iko on 10-27-91, and Ken Kesey's rap during darkstar, Halloween 1991. I was there for both and they blow away this run. Although this run is quite kind, I'd have to go with the Halloween 91 run.
Reviewer: TheDead6595 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2005
Subject: Why are you reading this...
instead of downloading this sucker? Sound quality
is A+ (Phil even comes in loud and clear). The
energy is there and Jerry even remembers most of the lyrics! Bruce's piano is also high in the
mix. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!
Reviewer: Sonic_Utes - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2004
Subject: A Real Gem
I can't even begin to tell you how well the band gels in this one. One of the VERY FEW 90's shows I can give a whole-hearted endorsement to. Bruce is especially good during the whole He's Gone>Nobody's>Spoonful part!
Reviewer: obie19 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 10, 2004
Subject: Good Show
Everyone has one of those shows at a certain venue when everything just seems to click for one reason or another and of the 17 shows I saw at the Garden, I had the most fun at this one. It is not a great show but definately well played with some nice highlights. The Shakedown through Train to Cry was a great way to open the show and they kept it up for the rest of the night. Samson always seemed to have a little more significance when played at the Garden and the band hit it on this night. Well worth a listen, especially if you're a Bruce fan as he is up and down the board all night long.
Reviewer: oldindawae - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2004
Subject: STELLA!!!!!!
This is one of my top 10 shows ever. And by far my favorite Stella Blue. Bruce and Jerry just nail this one.
Reviewer: *Merlin* - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2004
Subject: A Diamond in the Rough
This is a show that upon first glance you might just skip over, especially with the 9-26 setlist getting most of the attention from this run. Well, this show is a better played example of what the most amazing band ever is capable of. The Shakedown opener just blows the roof off and Bruce is all over this one on the keys and the accordion, throwing out licks that Jerry is quick to pick up and expand upon. This continues throughout the show with other highlights coming in Let It Grow and LLRain (Jerry's horn sounds are triumphant) and the Nobody's>Spoonful. Heck, even the Last Time and Sugar Mags are real burners.
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